Short Story Contest

Creative Writing
Graphic Short Story Contest 2021
What:   GRAPHIC SHORT STORY competition
Sponsor: Wordsmiths of Berlin & BHS Art Department
Prizes:  $30 - First place                     $20 - Second place          $10 - Third place
What is a Graphic Short Story? Think Comic Book
Top three graphic stories will be posted on the school website.
Entry Fee:       No Entry Fee
How:   Submit a hard copy (paper copy) OR share an electronic copy of the graphic short story to either…
Be sure each entry includes name(s) and email address(es) of the submitter(s).  An email will be sent to each contestant to confirm receipt of the entry.  
Judges: Judging of graphic stories will be done by a 
      panel of three independent faculty judges.
When:    Submissions will be accepted for three school 
   weeks beginning Monday, April 26
     through Friday, May 14. 
Who:   This contest is open to any student enrolled in the Berlin High School.  For this contest, participants may work independently OR with a partner.  Each graphic short story entry must be the work of NO MORE THAN TWO participants.
LENGTH:  10 to 80 panels (Please DO include a title.)
Contest Guidelines: 
  • All entries must tell a fictional story.
  • An image must be included in each panel.
  • Both story and artwork must be the contestants’ own, original work not previously published.
  • Stories must be between 10 and 80 panels long.
  • Dialogue is not required, but is allowed. Captions are allowed, but should be used sparingly. Ideally, the artwork should dominate the storytelling.
  • Fictional genre is open.
  • Each contestant or contestant pair is allowed only one short story entry for the contest.
  • Please avoid profanity, explicit violence or graphic sexual content. Judges have the right to disqualify entries promoting bigotry or material otherwise deemed lacking in literary merit. 
  • Judges’ scoring criteria will include: originality/creativity, plot development, quality of narrative, quality of artwork, and effective use of space.  All contestants will receive feedback from the judges.
  • No entries received after the May 14th deadline will be accepted.

For more information contact Mr. Reise or Mr. C. Willhite


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